Like the other versions of the EnerGel, this one writes obscenely smoothly, and the colour is vivid and intense. No washed-out or grey tones for this pen - this must surely be one of the blackest blacks around. The ink is relatively fast-drying, which is another bonus. I don't find the conical-tip rollerball of the 0.7mm quite as fun to write with as the needle-point of the 0.5mm, but that is merely a personal preference. If you like bolder pens and have larger handwriting than I do (my handwriting is quite small so I prefer fine-tipped pens), then this one is for you.
As another plus, this pen is part of Pentel's Recycology program, which means that it is made of at least 50% recycled materials by weight. Although I don't believe that most recycled items are quite as ecologically friendly as companies would have us think, recycling is still probably a better option than simply creating more landfills or letting things accumulate in the Pacific Garbage Patch.
The barrel of the 0.7mm Pentel EnerGel is printed with the gentle reminder "recap after use", which always vaguely amuses me. The body is a silvery grey colour, as compared to the light blue of the 0.5mm and the darker blue of the EnerGel Euro. The cap of the 0.7mm also has a more angular shape than the cap of the 0.5mm. I think I prefer the 0.5mm cap, but that is a very minor issue and one that I didn't even notice until I had the pens sitting side by side. The ink colour is indicated by the colour of the cap and the grip, while a helpful window shows the ink supply. As with all the EnerGel pens, I find the appearance of the pen pleasing, but not overly exciting.
|A family portrait. Comparison, from top to bottom, of the 0.7mm EnerGel, 0.5mm EnerGel, 0.35mm EnerGel Euro, and 0.7mm EnerGel RT.|